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Truck of the Month – February

To celebrate 21 years of our involvement in the UK heavy lift market, we introduce “Truck of the Month” a series of 12 features spread over 12 months with 12 machines that have shaped our history, our present and that also represent our future. In our first issue, we chose the first machine, in February, we look at the largest machine Cooper supply: –


February – Mantsinen 300 (the Colossus)


They said it couldn’t be done……

They said that hydraulic machines were small machines for small vessels only…….

They said that only MHC’s offer the very highest productivity for vessel charging and discharging…….

Well, the Mantsinen 300 has changed all of these presuppositions……….

This behemoth is the world’s largest hydraulic crane and the first machine specifically designed to handle Panamax vessels up to 32 metres beam width. Of course, smaller machines can reach 32 metres – that is not the issue. The 300 can reach but with a clamshell as big as 20 cubic metres offering the capacity of an MHC but the speed of a material handler. Of course, large vessels require more travel time in and out of the hold, but the 300 will still comfortably achieve 80 cycles per hour far quicker than rope equivalents with tonnages in excess of 1200 tonnes per hour subject to product density. The 300 can handle bulk, solids and laden or empty containers – territory considered impossible for hydraulic machines.

The Mantsinen 300 is available on tracks (300R), wheels (300M) or on rails (300S) and is available in either diesel or mains electric configurations. Weighing in at between 370 and 390 tonnes and with boom and stick configurations that reach 40m, it is the largest in its class beating its predecessor, the Mantsinen 200 by a full 105 tonne deadweight.

At the very heart of the new technology is the patented Hybrilift ‘2’. Having introduced energy recovery systems onto these type of machines over 10 years ago, competitors have finally caught-up. With Hybrilift ‘2’, the bar has been subsequently re-set even higher. Unlike standard energy recovery systems that supplement engine power with captured power in solely a pushing motion, Hybrilft ‘2’ allows the engine power to push from below and the Hybrilft power to pull from above – hence the main boom is being both pushed and pulled simultaneously. This ingenious development improves the fuel saving from 35% to up to 50% and, unsurprisingly, the Hybrilift ‘2’ is now patented.

Cooper’s first 300 will arrive in Northern Ireland in Spring 2019 in a prestigious supply contract with Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Mantsinen 300 – the Colossus!

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